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Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Program Details

WGU’s online Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management degree program prepares students to harness valuable data to improve healthcare outcomes. Designed in collaboration with healthcare’s foremost leaders, the BSHIM program focuses on data analytics, resource management, business ethics, foundations in healthcare data management, and health information law and regulations. Graduates will be equipped with the skills and knowledge necessary to help drive meaningful change in the healthcare industry. The BSHIM program is CAHIIM-accredited, and qualifies students to sit for the RHIA® exam.

WGU's online programs deliver unparalleled flexibility, allowing students to complete coursework whenever and wherever works best for their schedules. Students also benefit from a competency-based learning model, which lets them complete most courses as quickly as they prove mastery of the material, making it possible to accelerate their progress and potentially graduate faster. Faculty Mentors work one-on-one with WGU students, providing dedicated coaching, guidance, and support from enrollment through graduation, and beyond.

Requirements

The program requires a total of 120 competency units (CUs), equivalent to the traditional credit hour.

  • Applicants must possess a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Demonstrate IT experience either through:
    • Have earned an associate’s degree in IT or equivalent (A.S. or A.A.S. acceptable); OR
    • Have earned an associate’s degree from an allied health program (A.S or A.A.S. acceptable); OR
    • Have earned an associate’s degree in Business Administration (A.S or A.A.S. acceptable); OR
    • Hold transferable IT certifications earned within the last five years; OR
    • Submit a resume showing three-plus years of IT work experience, strategic business management experience, or healthcare-related work experience.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Governors University is the only university to have received simultaneous accreditation by four regional accrediting commissions. Currently, WGU's "home" accrediting commission is the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the same organization that accredits such leading institutions as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of Utah, Brigham Young University, and other public and private colleges.

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)